Saigo Nanshu Memorial Museum (西郷南洲記念館)

Okinoerabujima Island

Amami Area History and Culture

Okinoerabu is well known for being the island where historical figure Saigo Takamori (also known as Saigo Nanshu) spent 18 months in exile. A Kagoshima man, Saigo played a central role in bringing Japan's over-700-year-long samurai period to an end and modernizing Japan. Locked away in a cell, Saigo was at one point prepared to give up his life, but his interactions with the kind-hearted locals reinvigorated him, helping him to develop an even greater depth of character and become one of the great figures of Japanese history. The museum features a replica of the jail cell, as well as a statue of an emaciated Saigo, and illustrates how he lived at the time.

Basic Information

Address 鹿児島県大島郡和泊町和泊587-3
Telephone Number 0997-92-0999(西郷南洲記念館)
Business Days/ Hours Business Hours
[Time] 9:00am~5:00pm

Closed days
Fee Adults: 200 yen per person
Elementary, junior high and high school students: 100 yen per person


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